Relive Wahab Riaz’s incredible spell against Australia in 2015 World Cup

He bamboozled Shane Watson with his pace and bounce

By Web Desk
August 16, 2023
Wahab Riaz (L) bowled a superb spell - ICC

Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz bowled one of the most memorable spells in Pakistan cricket history, when he bamboozled Australia’s Shane Watson with his pace and bounce during the 2015 World Cup clash in Adelaide.

With Riaz bringing the curtain down on his international career on Wednesday, it is an opportune moment to relive his fiery spell.

Despite Riaz’s superb spell, Pakistan lost the match by six wickets. The left-armer claimed figures of 2-54 in nine overs.

Riaz made his ODI and T20I debut in 2008, meanwhile, his first Test appearance came in 2010.

The Lahore-born played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is for Pakistan over the course of his career. He claimed more than 200 wickets in international cricket.

During his Test debut against England at The Oval in 2010, Riaz bagged figures of 5 for 63, becoming the ninth Pakistan bowler to claim five wickets on debut.

His best performance in ODI cricket was against arch-rivals India, when he took 5 for 46 during the World Cup semi-final in Mohali. His scalps included the likes of Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.

The pacer played his last international game in December 2020, which was a T20I match against New Zealand in Hamilton.